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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:44 PM

Blizzard Begins to Wallop Northeastern U.S. [View all]

Source: Reuters

Blizzard begins to wallop northeastern U.S.

Fri Feb 8, 2013 1:26pm EST

By Scott Malone and Shannon Stapleton

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard blew into the northeastern United States on Friday, cutting short the workweek for millions who feared being stranded as state officials ordered roads closed ahead of what forecasters said could be record-setting snowfall.

Authorities scrambled to prepare for the storm, which had already resulted in a massive traffic pile-up in southern Maine and prompted organizers of the nation's sledding championship in Maine to postpone a race scheduled for Saturday, fearing too much snow for the competition.

From New York to Maine, the storm began gently, dropping a light dusting of snow, but officials urged residents to stay home, rather than risk getting stuck in deep drifts when the storm kicks up later Friday afternoon.

Even in its early stages, the storm created some panic. Drivers lined up at gas stations to top off their tanks, grocery stores were swamped as shoppers stocked up on bread and milk, and travelers were forced to confront flight delays and cancellations.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE91611P20130208

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